It has been interesting to think through the comments left on the last post, I am impressed with the ideas presented. Some of the comments have been taken off-line and I have had some interesting exchanges that way too. In the meantime, I have been journaling up a storm.
This page is in process. I drew the large chair on the left while sitting for coffee at Starchucks in SoHo. I drew it too small for the page, so I scanned the drawing, enlarged and transfered it back onto the same page with Saral paper. Now I want to dirty the page up but don't have the pen I would like in order to do it.
And this is my boy Arrow. I love the drawing of him. He was sitting across from my work table, staring at me, wanting my lap and yelling whenever I looked at him. He is getting old and his body is looking angular. I think I nailed his shape.
So, here are my further thoughts on journaling, visual and art.
If we are truly having the discussion on art versus craft, I would like to clarify my stance. Craft is the embrace and perfection of a technique, idea or process. Furniture making, traditional quilting, shoe making, fashion design can all be called craft and often border on the concept of art. The word craft has been maligned in the last decade and this saddens me, read this article on the name change at the American Craft Museum.
Then I think we need to think about the word craft in light of Craft Stores, you know the ones. That is where I get my beloved Craft Foam. And I must say, I love these stores, I don't know that I would have delved so deeply into art had I not had one of these stores available to me and had the chance to amble through the big ill lit space and marvel at the possibilities. Now though, I detest these stores for their cheap, low quality items.
The real discussion isn't so much is art journaling art (it most certainly is) as does it push the boundaries of self and medium.
For me, unless there is a drawn element, it is not challenging (enough). Does it push me as an artist to confront my own fears? And I do fear drawing, making mistakes, making bad drawings. Does it push me to see and evaluate the world around me? Does art journaling embrace artistic concepts of composition, color and line? Does it push me to find my voice? And that last question IS THE question for me.
I often come across all the excuses, as though learning to draw is unlike learning to drive, you either have the talent or do not. Malarche. Each and every person who decides to learn to draw needs to pick up a pencil and make the commitment to begin. All children know how to do this, we just forget as we grow older. It takes lots of bad drawings to get a good drawing, like photographers who take 100 photos to get the one great photo.
So today we will go to the Met to see the Picasso exhibit. I've gone once before, David has not. I am going to bring my journal and copy Picasso. Now he knew his stuff and he never let himself relax. He challenged all his boundaries. I aspire. And that is all I can do. Aspire to be as good as those I admire. I like that word.